When we were small children,we were excited to learn new things. Even if we didn’t “get it” perfectly the first time, we were proud of ourselves. Somehow, along the way, we came to the conclusion that only perfect was good enough. We tend to compare our scores and achievements to everyone else.
Wouldn’t it be ridiculous and cruel to say to a child, “Well, you missed a word on your spelling test, so just give up spelling from now on.” Or, how about, “If you can’t stand or walk the first time, we’re going to put you up for adoption.” We think that’s silly and it would be an unforgivable thing to do to a child, yet that’s how we often treat ourselves.
Grandma Moses was a folk artist born in 1860. She spent most of her life as a farmer’s wife and a mother to 10 children – 5 of whom survived. She didn’t get serious about painting until she was in her mid-70’s. Up until that time, she enjoyed embroidering colorful scenes on canvas. When her fingers became too stiff with arthritis, she switched to painting. her first picture was painted on canvas with house paint. At the age of 100, she she illustrated an edition of “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore. The book was published after her death. Grandma Moses died in 1961 at the age of 101. In the last year of her life, she painted 25 pictures. In 1969, a US commemorative stamp was issued in her honor. Good thing Grandma Moses never worried about her age, and she never stopped learning!
You may be experiencing something in life right now that you see as an an obstacle or a curse. Look deeper to see things differently. Learn to harness your emotions so that you can think and act in ways that are constructive and in alignment with your long-term goals. Learn to discover the learning opportunity in everything that happens in your life. When you shift your perspective, you’ll find opportunity and reason for growth. It will make you a stronger person.